"The lack of available shelter for human trafficking survivors is appalling, and virtually every shelter in the State of Colorado is closed." said Attorney Beth Klein of the Boulder anti-slavery foundation, Klein Frank Foundation. But there is a glimmer of hope in Massachusetts for a study for long term solutions. The Partnership for Freedom, a public-private initiative aimed at ending human trafficking and modern-day slavery, has announced the winners of its first innovation challenge, Reimagine: Opportunity.
With funding provided by Humanity United, Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Women initiative, and the Righteous Persons Foundation, the two winning projects will receive a total of $1.77 million to pilot their solutions. MGH Freedom Clinic, a project of Massachusetts General Hospital's Human Trafficking Initiative, was awarded $600,000 to establish a model of comprehensive primary and preventative health care services for victims of trafficking, while the Safe Shelter Collaborative — whose partners include the Polaris Project, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, and Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup Global— will receive $1.17 million to expand access to supportive shelters for trafficking survivors. To that end, the project will use technology to locate and provide immediate shelter services for survivors while working to broaden the base of organizations that can provide shelter and support. The public-private partnership also includes the U.S. Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development.
We need a comprehensive and reliable system to contribute positively to the well-being and healing of trafficking survivors by providing informed care. In Colorado Street’s Hope was founded in 2004 as a street outreach project to women working in the sex industry along the Colfax corridor in Denver. Until 2008, Street’s Hope continued to provide personal support and referrals to direct services through outreach to street-involved women. Over the last ten years, the Street's Hope program has grown and changed, and it offers many types of services designed to meet all adults 18+ where they are. Additionally, we now offer programming and services in the community at several locations.